Do You Have to Give A Recorded Statement?
Don't be fooled or tricked into ruining your case. Learn your right to say no when asked to give a recorded statement by another insurance company as outlined by this California injury lawyer. Call us if you are unsure of your rights, and we will advise you free of charge at 1-866-981-5596. Don't let the other party's insurance company use a recorded statement against you.
Hi, my name is Jim Ballidis. I’m an Orange County, California personal injury attorney, but we practice throughout the state, and I’m here in our Orange County office today to answer this question: Do you have to give a recorded statement to the other person’s insurance company if it’s not your fault? And the answer is no. In fact, you shouldn’t give a recorded statement, and I will tell you good reasons why.
First, the only reason that an insurance company wants a recorded statement is so they can use it at a later date against you. You would be more than happy to speak with them. They can take notes if they like, but that is not admissible in court. A recorded statement is, so for you, you should just simply be saying I will agree to speak with you, you can take notes, but I don’t want a recorded statement. They can gain all the information they need that way.
Second, to give a recorded statement, you may need protection. You may need an attorney sitting there, listening to the question to make sure it’s a fair question and then also listening to the answer to make sure that the answer is clear and that you are going to be happy with that answer or helping you by saying what do you mean by that if for instance it sounds like it might be misleading.
The third reason for not giving a recorded statement is you may not really be feeling well. When the insurance company calls you a day or two or three after the accident, you may not be prepared to answer all the questions that they are going to throw at you and they certainly don’t write them out for you beforehand.
You shouldn’t have to be put at risk of giving a wrong answer on a recorded statement when you are not feeling well. I recommend to all of our clients that you not give a recorded statement, you shouldn’t give it if you are representing yourself either. This is Jim Ballidis, a California personal injury lawyer. We represent clients all over the state of California in our three offices. Today, though, I am down here in Orange County, California speaking to you. I hope I’ve answered your question. Please if you have any questions feel free to call us at the number that was provided on the screen. We will be more than happy to answer those questions. Jim Ballidis. Thank you.